Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three

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Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 4, 2011
RecordedOctober 2010
GenreRock, Christmas music
LabelChicago II Records
ProducerPhil Ramone
Chicago chronology
Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus
Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three
Chicago XXXIV: Live in ‘75

Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three is the twenty-second studio album, and the second full album of Christmas songs by the American rock band, Chicago. The album was released on October 4, 2011. The collection includes a variety of holiday classics and a new tune, "Rockin' and Rollin' on Christmas Day", co-written by founding trumpet player Lee Loughnane.

The album was produced by veteran producer Phil Ramone, who co-produced the band's albums Hot Streets (1978) and Chicago 13 (1979). The album features guest artists Dolly Parton on Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time", America on "I Saw Three Ships", BeBe Winans on "Merry Christmas Darling", and guitarist Steve Cropper on "Rockin’ and Rollin’ on Christmas Day".

Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three was preceded by Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album in 1998, which, itself, was reissued in 1999 with one new track; and in 2003 under a new title, What's It Gonna Be, Santa? with six new tracks.

Track listing[edit]

1."Wonderful Christmas Time" (featuring Dolly Parton)Paul McCartneyScheff, Dolly Parton3:50
2."Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"Johnny MarksHowland3:38
3."I Saw Three Ships" (featuring America)(Traditional)Lamm, America3:15
4."Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"Justin Timberlake; JC Chasez; Veit RennPardini4:21
5."What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"Frank LoesserScheff5:16
6."It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"Edward Pola; George WyleLoughnane3:42
7."I'll Be Home for Christmas"Kim Gannon; Walter Kent; Buck RamPardini3:36
8."On The Last Night Of The Year"Phil Galdston; Michael WhalenLamm3:48
9."Merry Christmas Darling" (featuring Bebe Winans)Richard Carpenter; Frank PoolerBeBe Winans3:22
10."Rockin' and Rollin' on Christmas Day" (featuring Steve Cropper)Lee Loughnane; John DurillLoughnane4:19
11."My Favorite Things"Richard Rodgers; Oscar Hammerstein IILamm3:30
12."O Christmas Tree"(Traditional)Scheff, Howland3:54
13."Jingle Bells"James Lord PierpontPardini3:40
14."Here Comes Santa Claus/Joy to the World" (with Children's Choir)Gene Autry; Oakley Haldeman/Isaac WattsPardini; children's choir3:03
Total length:53:23


  • Robert Lamm – keyboards, vocals, arrangements (3, 8, 11), horn arrangement (8, 11)
  • Lee Loughnane – trumpets, vocals, arrangements (6, 10), horn arrangement (10)
  • James Pankow – trombone, horn arrangement (1, 2, 4-7, 9, 12, 14), arrangements (7, 14)
  • Walter Parazaider – saxophones, flute
  • Jason Scheff – bass guitar, upright bass, fretless bass, vocals, arrangements (1, 5, 12)
  • Tris Imboden – drums, arrangements (12)
  • Keith Howland – guitars, vocals, arrangements (2, 12)
  • Lou Pardini – keyboards, vocals, arrangements (4, 7, 13)
  • Drew Hester – percussion

Additional personnel

  • America (Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell) – vocals, ukuleles, guitars and vocal arrangement (I Saw Three Ships)
  • Hank Linderman – cuatro (I Saw Three Ships)
  • Dolly Parton – vocals (Wonderful Christmas Time)
  • Bebe Winans – vocals (Merry Christmas Darling)
  • Steve Cropper – guitar (Rockin’ And Rollin’ On Christmas Day)
  • Children's Choir: Grace Howland, Hope Howland, Lydia Young, Jillian DeGrie, Lilli Pankow, Carter Pankow, Connor Scheff, Jason Scheff Jr. – vocals (Here Comes Santa Claus/Joy To The World)


  • Produced by Phil Ramone
  • Management – Peter Schivarelli
  • Recorded by Matt Coles and Adam Deane
  • Pre-Mix Crew – Drew Hester and Keith Smith
  • Mixed by B.J. Ramone
  • Art Direction – Bobby Woods